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Spaceship Sound Design Tutorial with Marshall McGee

Sound Design Tutorial: Discover workflow techniques and creative tips for your sound design process.

Watch game sound designer Marshall McGee (Just Cause 4) design the extraordinary sounds of X-wing Starfighter spaceships from Star Wars: Episode VII. McGee takes us through his sound design process from start to finish – showing how he selects source material, plans his approach, makes creative decisions and more.

Follow along as he designs the scene in real-time, breaking down the different spaceship components and walking us through his process for each:

00:00 — Intro
00:52
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01:00 — Engine layer
11:43 — Laser layer
19:31 — Explosion layer
25:42 — Final design

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Thanks to Marshall McGee for putting this tutorial together! Subscribe to his YouTube series Waveform for more incredible sound design videos, and follow him on Twitter to keep up with his work.

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